Is The 2018 VW Polo Worthy Of The Segment Crown?

The supermini segment is one of the most crowded and most competitive out there, and you’re spoiled for choice.

Just recently, Citroen launched their all-new C3, while Ford’s latest Fiesta continues to earn impressive reviews, especially for the way it drives. So how does the 2018 Polo compare?

For starters, it’s bigger and better equipped than its predecessor, and Carbuyer’s review advises you to look at it as a “mini Golf.” Inside, it features plenty of soft-touch surfaces, with harder ones carefully hidden out of sight. Unlike with its predecessor, the interior of the 2018 Polo is highly customizable, letting you choose between multiple color configurations. You can also get digital dials instead of analog ones, while the infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The new Polo earns strong marks when it comes to practicality, too. There are more than enough storage spaces inside the cabin, and plenty of room for passengers as well, both front and back.

If you’re trying to figure out which engine option to go for, just make sure to choose one that’s turbocharged, whether it’s petrol or diesel. The one driven here is the 1.0-liter TSI version with 94 HP, which is quick enough.

Ultimately, while the Polo remains worthy of being considered the benchmark for its segment, it’s possible you’ll enjoy driving the likes of the Seat Ibiza or the Ford Fiesta more.


  • Christian

    At least the monkeys died over a great car… I mean, GTi, UP or Polo are – like or not – one, if not the best in class!

  • sean tooher

    that front end/those headlights are ugly as sin ….

  • JR Glide

    I wonder how many monkeys VW killed in gas chambers when testing the diesel used in this car?

    • Christian Wimmer

      Don’t forget the humans who volunteered to inhale emissions for money! 😉

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        I thought you said monKey, at first!

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      GAS fraud?

  • haudit

    It’s not a looker. It comes off like they took the older, more attractive Polo, examined it and said “You know what this car needs? Lines! More lines! Lines everywhere!”

    The interior isn’t a great leap forward either, as whatever visual appeal there is comes from the 8″ touchscreen and the strip of bright red trim across the dashboard. I’ve seen the dash with a plain silver/grey finish, and it’s really not that great to look at, unlike its sister car the SEAT Ibiza, which manages to have an attractive dashboard even when finished in somewhat cheaper and relatively drab, humdrum materials.

  • Ilbirs

    It must be remembered that the Polo VI is roomier inside than the Golf VII due to a lower center tunnel on the floor. Its trunk is also just a notch smaller than its bigger brother’s one. If it had a multilink rear suspension setup instead of a torsion beam axle, there would have almost no reason to buy a Golf.

    • Miknik

      Golfs below 120hp also come with a torsion beam…


  • Bash

    No, this looks like a slighting modernized early 2000s hatch. looks boring!

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